UW's Pan wins golf regional, leads team to second place
Washington sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan won the NCAA Regional individual title Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla., by three strokes and the top-seeded...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Washington sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan won the NCAA Regional individual title Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla., by three strokes and the top-seeded Huskies were second as a team to earn a spot in the NCAA championships, May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
Pan fired his third consecutive round of 67 at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club to finish at 15-under 201. North Florida's MJ Maguire, Florida State's Chase Seiffert and Daniel Walker of Richmond were tied for second.
It marked the second straight year and third time in four years that a Husky golfer has claimed medalist honors at an NCAA Regional.
Chris Williams finished first at last year's NCAA Regional in Norman, Okla., and current PGA Tour player Richard Lee won in 2010.
North Florida rallied late to earn a three-shot win. Washington combined to shoot 6-under 282 and finished 31 strokes under par with a total of 833.
Pan was headed toward a record-setting day before hitting into water twice in a double-bogey, bogey finish. Before that, Pan was bogey free and 8-under through 16 holes.
"He was awesome this week," UW coach Matt Thurmond said. "He had been struggling a little bit lately, so it was great to see him make a bunch of birdies and smiling on the golf course.
"He really absolutely dominated the tournament."
Hogan Award finalist Chris Williams and Charlie Hughes were tied for 14th for UW at 6-under 210.
Andrew Ely had three hits and Austin Voth allowed one run in eight innings as Washington won its second in a row over Washington State, 3-1 in Pasco.
The Huskies, who beat WSU 4-3 on Friday, improved to 21-31 overall and 12-14 in the Pac-12 while the Cougars fell to 21-29 and 8-18 in the conference. .
• Seattle University scored three runs in the sixth inning and went on to a 7-6 win over New Mexico State in a Western Athletic Conference game in Bellevue.
Seattle University (21-33, 10-16 WAC) is tied with San Jose State for eighth place in the WAC after the Spartans lost to CSU Bakersfield Saturday afternoon. If San Jose State loses to the Roadrunners again Sunday, the Redhawks will claim the eighth and final spot in the WAC tournament.
The Seattle Pacific women concluded their season with a pair of second-place finishes against Central Oklahoma in the NCAA Division II Sprints on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City.
Seattle skippers hold leads in six different classes of the NOOD regatta in Seattle. Still holding the lead in the regatta's most competitive class is Seattle skipper Scott Milne in the J/24s. With a strong performance Sunday, Milne would place himself in contention for overall winner honors.
• Alise Post, a 2012 Olympian, raced to her third straight victory in the USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships in Chula Vista, Calif., by beating Arielle Martin of Spanaway in the final.
From sports-information reports.